Plugging in for charity

This blog first appeared on E-Car Club’s website http://www.e-carclub.org In Harbury village you will find one of E-Car Club’s smallest hubs. Nestled behind our community run library and cafe, two Renault Zoes wait for users. They don’t have to wait too long because Harbury Energy Initiative, which won a competitive grant in 2014 from the Department for Transport’s Developing Car Clubs …

SUPPORT HARBURY LIBRARY PV PROJECT

Use the button above to pledge as much our as little as you like for the HEI village library project. We are bidding to the M&S Energy Community Fund for £12,500 to put solar panels on the roof. This will serve not only the library and its many users but also the Pre-School and the electric car club. Vote for Harbury …

Reconciling a Wounded Planet® and e-Wheels 200

Trevor (not his real name) is registered blind. To go shopping in his local supermarket requires a four hour journey and several bus changes, no easy matter for a blind person. e-Wheels carried him to the supermarket in a matter of minutes; it is just two and a half miles from his home. Our free green transport, using the electric cars …

The Polar Race Against Time

A group of brave explorers, led by Warwick university explorer-in-residence Mark Wood, has now arrived in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, after months of training for a 470 nautical mile dash from the geographic North Pole across the Arctic to the Canadian Arctic coast in just 35 days. They had planned to begin this journey from the Canadian Arctic coast, but after the ice was found …

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We need your help – won’t take long

HEI would welcome your feedback. We want to evaluate the electric car club with the objective of adapting, improving and developing the initiative in the longer term. Your feedback is valuable and your input is really appreciated. What we are doing is experimental; there are few, if any, other village based electric cars clubs in England. We need your help …

Loading food for the food bank

E-Wheels first 100

People keep telling us what a good idea our e-Wheels is. Yesterday two people came up from London to film us in freezing weather. By 4pm, after 6 hours of standing around in a bitterly cold north wind, there was slightly less of the warm glow of satisfaction left but still pride in what we have achieved. So far we have …

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Tale of the unexpected

I can’t claim it’s a miracle but it was a little unexpected. We were in the school with a contractor assessing the requirements for HEI’s plans to change the whole school over to LED lighting. We had been puzzled, looking at the school’s annual electricity bill, at how much use there was on the night tariff, so Ted had asked the …

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The Car Club under scrutiny

With any project it is always a good idea to get an external opinion periodically as to how you are doing. The time has come for us to do just that. On 16th February we will start process submitting ourselves to scrutiny from Mike Woollacott of Greenwatt Technology consultants http://www.greenwatt.co.uk. Apart from being a bit of an expert on car clubs and …

Christmas and climate

The most potent driver of climate change through man-made carbon emissions might well be shopping. In common with many men, I do not enjoy shopping. There are the things we buy that we truly need, such as food, essential clothing, toiletries. I can do that, as long as I have a list from which I need never deviate (I can’t …

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What did we do in 2015?

This year feels like a success for HEI and we certainly had plenty of electrifying action right from the start, as we worked on the launch of the electric car club. A glance back through the months, however, reveals that more things didn’t come off as did. But we won’t dwell on that because the successes matter rather more than …